The event, April 18-19 at the Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center, was developed for direct service providers, advocates, families of people with disabilities, educators, employment specialists, community support specialists, case managers, counselors and anyone else interested in such programs and services.

Keynote speakers for this year's symposium, entitled “Connecting the Dots: Engaging People, Resources and Community,” are Ari Ne’eman, Autistic Self Advocacy Network president, and Mindy Scheir, Runway of Dreams founder, an organization developing adaptive versions of existing apparel.

“Every year, we add new elements to the symposium, and this year’s symposium offers many new things in addition to some of the old favorites, like the World Café community conversations,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, executive director of the Center for Disabilities, part of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. “Overall, there’s surely something to please everyone.”

Professional, early bird, group, student, individual with a disability and family member rates are available on the registration site.

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